By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – The Morinville Jets will hold a special moment of remembrance before Sunday night’s home game against the St. Albert Merchants, honouring both the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers and the memory of teammate Nick McRae who was killed Sept. 3 in an ATV accident south or Edson.
McRae, remembered for his love of life and his ability to spread that love to those he came in contact with, will be honoured prior to the game when the team retires his number 11 jersey. The players have worn McRae’s number on their jerseys all season.
Morinville Jets president Brent Melville said he is expecting close to 400 McRae family and friends for the ceremony. “Nick’s favorite number was 11 and it is the 11th month and 11th day,” Melville said. “We are playing St Albert. Nick had many friends on that team.”
Former Morinville Jets Coach Scott Rodda, a man who delivered a moving eulogy at McRae’s funeral in September, is organizing the jersey night.
The Jets will also be honouring the memory of fallen Canadian soldiers by holding two minutes silence prior to the game.
The ceremony is to take place at 6:40 p.m. Nov. 11.